Xu Bing Studio Blog

“Background Story: Dwelling in Fuchun Mountains” opens at Inside-Out Art Museum, Beijing (May. 24-Nov. 09, 2014)

Posted in Background Story, Current Exhibitions, Exhibitions by xubing on June 4, 2014

Xu Bing working on “Background Story Dwelling in Fuchun Mountains”


Installation view at Inside-Out Art Museum, Beijing


Detail of back.











Background Story: Dwelling in Fuchun Mountains recently opened at Inside-Out Art Museum, Beijing. The exhibition is organized by the Inside-Out Art Museum and Jing & Kai,  and co-organized by
the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media, Cornell University, Life Bookstore and SDX Joint Publishing Company. The exhibition features  scholarship on Xu Bing’s Background Story series as well as materialsdetailing the process of creating these works over the last ten years, in addition to the dramatic presentation of Xu Bing’s Background Story version of Huang Gongwang’s 14th century masterwork
Dwelling in Fuchun Mountains.
Click here to view Xu Bing discussing this exhibition with CAFA Artinfo,







Xu Bing: A Retrospective, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei (Jan. 25–Apr. 20, 2014)

Xu Bing at TFAM preparing the chalkboard for his "Square Word Calligraphy Classroom"

Xu Bing at TFAM preparing the chalkboard for his “Square Word Calligraphy Classroom”


This spring, Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM) presented Xu Bing: A Retrospective, Asia’s first large-scale solo exhibition of Xu Bing’s work. The exhibition was curated by the Museum’s senior curator and art critic Chia Chi Jason Wang. The exhibition included such major works as Xu Bing’s Book from the Sky, Ghosts Pounding the Wall, 1st Class and massive new installation of Background Story series. Xu Bing: Art As a Form of Thinking, a lecture by noted scholar John Rajchman, Columbia University, investigated the way various modes of thinking are given play in Xu Bing’s creative practice.

A small booklet and checklist produced by TFAM in English and Traditional Chinese is available for download here.

Xu Bing Talks May 20 and May 22 at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York and the Aldrich Museum, CT

Posted in Background Story, Past Exhibitions, Past Lectures by xubing on May 17, 2010

In Conversation: Xu Bing
Museum of Arts and Design (New York, NY)
May 20, 2010, 6:30pm

Xu Bing will discuss his work with ARTnew‘s Robin Cembalest at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD). Xu’s large scale installation, “Background Story,” is part of  the exhibition Dead or Alive, currently on view at MAD.

To reserve your spot, please email your name to groups@madmuseum.org by May 17.

Benefit! Contemporary Chinese Art: New Voices, New Markets
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (Ridgefield, CT)
May 22, 2010, 6:30pm

The Aldrich Contemporart Art Museum‘s spring fundraiser will explore Chinese contemporary art with a dialogue between Xu Bing and art critic/journalist Barbara Pollack. The discussion will be moderated by William C. McCahill, Jr., former Chargé d’Affaires of the American Embassy, Beijing.

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Zeder at 203.438.4519 or ezeder@aldrichart.org.

Dead or Alive, Museum of Arts and Design, NY (Apr. 27 – Oct 24, 2010)

Posted in Background Story, Past Exhibitions by xubing on April 29, 2010

Dead or Alive, presented by the Museum of Arts and Design will showcase the work of over 30 international artists who transform organic materials and objects that were once produced by or part of living organisms—insects, feathers, shells, bones, silkworm cocoons, plant materials, and fur—to create intricately crafted and designed installations and sculptures. Xu Bing will exhibit a new work in his Background Story series based on Ming Dynasty painter Dong Qichang’s (1555-1636) lyrical ink painting Rocky Dwelling (Yanju Tu).

Organized by the Museum’s Chief Curator David McFadden and Curator Lowery Sims with Assistant Curator Elizabeth Edwards-Kirrane, Dead or Alive features new site-specific installations and recent work by contemporary artists from around the world, including Jennifer Angus, Keith W. Bentley, Nick Cave, Tessa Farmer, Tim Hawkinson, Jochem Hendricks, Damien Hirst, Alastair Mackie, Kate MccGwire, Susie MacMurray, Shen Shaomin among many others.

Dead or Alive follows upon themes first presented in the inaugural exhibition of MAD’s new home, Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary, which featured contemporary works created from multiples of ordinary manufactured items, including Xu Bing’s Book from the Ground.


Dead or Alive will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated color catalogue which includes a foreword, essays by the exhibition’s curators David Revere McFadden (Chief Curator and Vice President for Programs and Collections of the Museum) and Museum curator Lowery Stokes Sims.

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